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Data security breaches at HMRC continue to rise

The government has revealed that data security breaches at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have significantly increased since the department lost the personal details of 25 million people on two computer disks last year.

Despite pledges to tighten up security after the data disk loss last October, HMRC has seen ten breaches a day since the loss.

This compares to eight losses per day the previous year, reports The London Evening Standard.

The data breaches include lost computers and mobile phones that contain details on the tax-paying public.

The figures, revealed in answers to parliamentary questions, show that since October 2007, there have been 1,993 security breaches in total.

At that rate, says the London Evening Standard, more than 2,700 breaches can be expected by this October - a rise of 28%.

The government said the increase in data breach incidents coming to light at HMRC was a result of a greater awareness of data breach threats and the wider reporting of problems by staff.

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